ACLU sues Illinois over lobbying law

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is challenging a state registration fee for non-profit lobbyists in federal court, BNA: Money & Politics Report ($) reported today.

The Illinois Lobbyist Registration Act, amended in August, violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments by nearly tripling the lobbying fees for non-profits like the ACLU.

Read the ACLU’s filing here.

Filed Under: Blog, Illinois

National Journal: Should lobbyists be banned from giving campaign contributions?

National Journal recently started a new blog forum called Under the Influence Experts, which they pitch as “An Inside View of the Lobbying and Advocacy Industry.” Each week, National Journal’s Bara Vaida posts a question about lobbying, campaign finance, etc. and National Journal’s community of lobbyists, activists and other pundits respond.

This week’s question is “Should Lobbyists Be Banned From Campaign Contributions?”

CCP Chairman Brad Smith responds

Filed Under: Blog

Fired for Speaking Out

Filed Under: In the News

Anti-Gay Marriage Group Vows to Stay Involved in Maine Politics

Filed Under: In the News

A ten point plan for reformers on Citizens United messaging

Air America Media President Mark Green took to the digital pages of The Huffington Post today to wail about the pending Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

Green’s piece provides an illuminating look into the mind of the campaign finance reformer, and I’ll summarize the tactics behind the “reform” talking points in Citizen United v. FEC:

Make up stuff and spew hyperbole: a ten point plan

1. Pretend that the Supreme Court is about to overrule “100 years of federal laws restricting corporate campaign contributions.”

Filed Under: Blog

Lawmakers iffy on ‘clean elections’ in Arizona

The Arizona Daily Star, the paper of record Tucson, published a devastating article today on the state’s program for taxpayer financed campaigns.

A snippet:

But even the guy who helped bankroll the campaign to get it approved, former Democratic Party Chairman Jim Pederson, now says it was a mistake — not only failing to achieve those goals, but actually contributing to more partisanship and the exclusion of political minority perspectives.

Filed Under: Blog, Arizona

Contribution pledges are speech too

One of the main rhetorical arguments of the so-called campaign finance “reform” community is that “money isn’t speech.” This is important to “reformers” because if money is speech, and campaign finance “reform” is all about limiting money in politics, then the “reform” effort is obviously unconstitutional under the First Amendment.

The hysterical cry that “money isn’t speech” is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Buckely v. Valeo, the landmark campaign finance case in 1976 that generally defines the Court’s view of what is and is not acceptable when it comes to regulating money in politics.

Filed Under: Blog, Connecticut

The Supreme Court leaves Washington in the lurch

Filed Under: In the News

The Myth of Campaign Finance Reform

Filed Under: In the News

State’s Clean Election law gets 2nd look

Filed Under: In the News

The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.